The Craggy Peak Trail is a beautiful, albeit difficult hike located in one of Washington's least recognized areas: the Dark Divide. Nestled between imposing St. Helens to the west, Adams to the east, and Rainier to the north, the Craggy Peak Trail boasts spectacular views of the surrounding snowy peaks. Because of some necessary bushwhacking, this is quite a difficult hike, yet is doable in a day.
The Craggy Peak Trail begins with an impressive sign and state of the art trailhead. Enjoy a gentle two-mile climb through a sparse forest before reaching the Stabler Camp Trail junction, then continue straight on the Craggy Peak Trail. At this point the trail is in great condition other than large ruts caused by dirt bikes in some areas.
After the Stabler Camp junction, continue gradually uphill until reaching an “abandoned trail” sign located at a fork in the trail. Keep left. Here, you may encounter snow patches on the trail as late as August, but the trail begins to descend, and should be fairly easy to follow for another one to one and a half miles. Snow patches here may begin to make finding the trail difficult.
At around three miles in, skirt the ridge high above Blue Lake and enjoy views down into its sparkling waters. From here, carry on straight ahead to Straight Creek Basin tucked into the south slope of Craggy Peak.
Five miles in, the trail splits. Take a right to find impressive views up a wildflower-laden slope of the peak to its rocky summit. If you want to visit the trail to the left, sidle around the west flank of Craggy Peak and find stunning views north, where you can see the fin of Shark Rock. Half a mile of walking down either of these trails gives hikers the best of views in this area. Enjoy your views here and then return the way you came.
- 11.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1,800 feet
- Highest Point
- 5,275 feet
Hiking Craggy Peak
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Co-ordinates: 46.2133, -121.9163 Open in Google Maps
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